1 November 2020 – Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has shared her thoughts since the Senior Women’s National team returned to camp since the coronavirus outbreak. Now goalkeepers Andile Dlamini and Kaylin Swart have also added their thoughts on how they have adjusted since returning to camp.
Banyana Banyana landed in windy Port Elizabeth on 27 October to begin their COSAFA Cup title defence.
Dlamini stated that she was happy to reunite with her teammates and that all players in camp have adjusted well and they are looking forward to the tournament.
“The camp has been amazing; everyone has adjusted quiet well. We are familiar with each other since we are all playing in the SAFA National league and the Sasol league.
‘’When it comes to fitness, we have been working on that since we got into camp and the coaches and the physical trainer know what to do regarding that and we are looking forward to our first game,” Dlamini said.
To ensure that Covid-19 regulations are adhered to, the camp has been different from what the players are used to and keeper Swart said all players focus was to get the tournament started.
“Everyone is excited and we can’t wait for the COSAFA Cup to begin. We all know what it will take to win seeing that we have so many new faces in the squad, but our goal remains the same and that is to win the COSAFA Cup again,” said the experienced Swart.
“The mood in camp however is different compared to other camps with social distancing in place we have to be careful with everything we do including how we bond as players,’’ she added.
“We try by all means to keep ourselves focused and ready for the tournament because we know that every national team will be at the COSAFA tournament to compete and win.’’
The overall mood in camp is sky high and the girls said they can’t wait to get back on the pitch and compete.
Banyana Banyana begin their COSAFA title defence in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, 3 November 2020 against Angola.